Sr. Jacinta Grace
Grace. Grace is God’s love poured out for us. It is through God’s Grace that I find myself a Sister of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, for I never could have imagined such a future for myself.
Born and raised in downtown Toronto, I lived the regular routine of city life. Academic years, graduations, family holidays, summer jobs, travels abroad. After university, I began to work in the field of Human Resources (HR). Growing up in a large, metropolitan city as Toronto, the wide gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ is apparent. This dichotomy sparked my interest to pursue a HR career in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in humanitarian aid. Within a few years of graduating, I had the perfect job – working for a Canadian-based organization dedicated to helping children and youth find hope amidst the difficulties right here in Canada and internationally. So once again, I settled into the regular routine of life and work.
There came a point in these years however, where those in my personal life started to experience challenges and hardships – the loss of a job, a breakup, and the sudden loss of a loved one. It was in these difficult moments that I found myself turning to God for answers. Why God? Do people have to die, so sudden and so young? Why God? Is a promise to faithfulness now a broken thing? In my search for answers, I found myself drawing nearer to God. Or rather, that God the good Father, ran out to meet me. Thanks to my family, friends, bosses and spiritual director, I gradually experienced the Father’s merciful and healing love. It is to this Love that I said, ‘yes’ and left family, friends and my job. To love, follow, seek and serve the merciful Father through the Community of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate.
So here I am. By God’s Grace. In an address given by Pope Francis to Clergy, Religious, and Seminarians, he said, “On this journey we are not alone. We help one another by our example and by our prayers (Address to Clergy, Religious, and Seminarians at Coliseum of Don Bosco College: Witnesses of Healing and Mercy, delivered July 9, 2015).” Know of my prayers for you and your loved ones and in your charity, please kindly remember me in your prayers.